June 7, 2008
Saturday morning I had bfast and hung out all morning with my new best friends. They were headed to Jefferson Davis’ presidential library [in Biloxi].
I stopped at Beau Rivage, with is a fancy casino in Biloxi. When I lived in Houston, I saw ads for Beau Rivage all the time. So, I thought I would check it out.
It is really nice. I was hungry so thought I would check out the buffet. I thought it was $12, which I didn’t think was too bad, so I thought I would stay. However, there were several lines, and I was trying to figure out which line to stand in, and more importantly, how long to wait. I usually don’t wait for food. I tried to ask someone who worked there, but she was busy, so I asked this guy who was in the front of one of the lines.
He asked if I was paying for the lunch or was it a comp. I said paying. He looked at me like I was crazy and said “you are paying cash for lunch?” Well, not cash-cash…visa. “You don’t want to do that” and took out a comp ticket and gave it to the woman working. Not only did he give me a free lunch, but he also told me to go in front of him [and the line]. So…that worked out nicely!
I then decided to give Beau Rivage a buck, since I had a free lunch and all. So, I found the non smoking penny slots. And I lost this money faster than thisfast. Not once did I win any credits.
I stopped in Pascagoula. The 2 block downtown was deserted, except for an older man with a mic who was preaching. Now…who’s he preaching to?? I went to the library, where it was cool to read up on what I was going to do in Mobile. While I was there I decided to use the computer, which there were several available. However, I needed to show my driver’s license and proof that I lived at that address – utility bill. Ahem.
I stopped at the AL tourist office and this really nice little old lady helped me. She told me the best way into Mobile since it seems the tunnel is backed up [thus I 10 is backed up].
Kevin and Sylvia had told me that I needed to check out Fairhope, which is around Mobile Bay. So, the tourist woman booked me a room there…on the water.
I got into Mobile, and parked in the visitor center lot. There is a fort right there. But the one guard who guards the fort didn’t show up for work, so it was closed. Then I was going to take the trolley around town, but was told that the trolley guy didn’t feel like working that day…he really doesn’t like working the weekends.
So, I decided I had had my fill of Mobile and head to Fairhope.
It was 96’. I must say that driving with the sun beating down on me has already gotten old. I can’t wait to get up north.
Fairhope is nice and quaint. Nice downtown area, no chains. Lots of flowers, cycling trails, beaches, duck pond. There are benches for people to sit all along the water, and they were filled with people enjoying the sunset. There is a pier that goes out a ¼ mile into Mobile Bay. LOTS of activity at nite on the pier… people fishing, or just strolling. Near the pier is a huge fountain, surrounded by a rose garden. And people all around. Very nice.
Oh…when I was at the laundry mat, I was talking to the woman who was the attendant. We started talking about how expensive [from her point of view] it is to live in Fairhope. I commented that isn’t Mobile less expensive? “Some places yes, some no. But they will drag you out of your own car while you are stopped at a street light.” And just shook her head as though no way is she living there.